Return of the Bad Men

Return of the Bad Men, also known as Return of the Badmen, is a 1948 American western film directed by Ray Enright and starring Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan and Anne Jeffreys.[2] A loose sequel to the 1946 film Badman's Territory, it was followed by Best of the Badmen (1951). Written by the husband and wife team of Jack Natteford and Luci Ward, the film was shot at the RKO Encino Ranch. It was the final collaboration between Enright and Scott and Jeffreys' final picture for RKO.

Return of the Bad Men
Directed byRay Enright
Produced byNat Holt
Jack J. Gross
Written byJack Natteford
Luci Ward
Charles O'Neal
Starring Randolph Scott
Robert Ryan
Anne Jeffreys
George 'Gabby' Hayes
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • July 17, 1948 (1948-07-17)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.7 million (US rentals)[1]


In 1880s Indian Territory (future Oklahoma), a rancher reluctantly agrees to take up the post of federal marshal and tackle a violent gang of outlaws ravaging the territory.

Main cast



  • Jarlett, Franklin. Robert Ryan: A Biography and Critical Filmography. McFarland, 1997.
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